1960 marked a historic decision that changed the scope of baseball as we know it today. At the time, Calvin Griffith – the then-president of the Washington Senators – ditched the nation’s capital to bring America’s pastime to the Twin Cities.
The Minnesota Twins made their debut in 1961, but it wasn’t until 1962 that the club established its name. Showing tremendous progress from their previous season, the Twins posted a solid second place finish in 1962, sporting a supercharged roster with the likes of Harmon Killebrew, Camilo Pascual, and Bob Allison at the helm of the lineup.
Since their inception into the major league, the Twins have appeared in the playoffs 14 times – securing the World Series championship title three times and bringing six league pennants back to the Mini-Apple.
Minneapolis is acknowledged for its happening scene and artistic atmosphere. Residents embody the spirit and characteristics of “Minnesota nice,” which may ease the tension for rival fans spectating alongside Twins fanatics.
If you decide to take a stroll through downtown Minneapolis, past the art museums and rowdy nightclubs, one will find the ultimate baseball arena: Target Field. Nestled in the Warehouse District, Target Field first opened its doors in 2010 after the Twins christened their brand-new ballpark with a victory against the Boston Red Sox (5-2).
The open-air stadium boasts modern-day amenities and is committed to providing the ultimate game day experience to fans, even during the frigid winters and steamy summers. Target Field features heated restrooms and lounges on each ballpark level and utilizes one of the largest sun screens in the league – guaranteeing fan satisfaction no matter the type of weather the season entails.
Each time a homer is belted into the bleachers, fanatics are treated to a home run celebration wingding. Situated in centerfield, the arena hosts an electronic sign featuring the Twins original logo – “Shaking Hands” (1961-1981). Minnie and Paul – the Twin Cities personified – light up when a Twins player launches a long ball over the grandstands.
Target Field, Minnesota Twins, Minneapolis, Minnesota
If you’re looking to clinch that keepsake home run ball, there are several home run hot spots located throughout Target Field. Our heat map indicates situating yourself along the outfield fence line will increase the chances no matter the section you choose.
The odds of snagging a homer are for those located just outside the walls of the right and left field – translated to sections 240, 136, 138 and 128, 129, and 130 on the seating chart.
Home runs are a common occurrence at Target Field, so be sure to come prepared with your Rawlings ready! In 2016, longest dinger came off the bat of Twins former designated hitter ByungHo Park and traveled a true distance of 466 feet.
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